We all know that old saying, “dynamite comes in small packages.” That is exactly the phrase that comes to mind when I think of a short story.
Some of the old short story masters like Hemingway, Poe, and Steinbeck could integrate a multifaceted world with complex characters, crisp setting and imagery, and an ensnaring plot, all within a mere few thousand words.
That is why I have always been fascinated with the short story medium. I’m able to read, in a single sitting, something that can entertain and whisk me away, and without taking a significant amount of time away from my busy day of scribbling.
With the advent of electronic self-publishing, the short story has undoubtedly resurfaced. We are no longer limited to reading just the famous aforementioned authors, although I still enjoy doing so.
Many people, including myself, have taken full advantage of the eBook market, which allows writers the opportunity to offer their work on a level of exposure that was once, otherwise left to the famous and the elite writers. Now there is a sea of new writing talent, and many are popping up on the radar every day.
The writing world of today is a different place due to electronic self-publishing. The reality is that there is no better time than right now to be a writer.
So what are you waiting for? Write your short story masterpiece and set it free.